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Int J Drug Policy. 2010 Mar;21(2):140-4. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2010.01.005. Epub 2010 Feb 8.

Security, development and human rights: normative, legal and policy challenges for the international drug control system.

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International Harm Reduction Association, Unit 701, 50 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7YQ, United Kingdom.


This commentary addresses some of the challenges posed by the broader normative, legal and policy framework of the United Nations for the international drug control system. The 'purposes and principles' of the United Nations are presented and set against the threat based rhetoric of the drug control system and the negative consequences of that system. Some of the challenges posed by human rights law and norms to the international drug control system are also described, and the need for an impact assessment of the current system alongside alternative policy options is highlighted as a necessary consequence of these analyses.

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